Sept. 27, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy Sprint football team will take on Post on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids enter the game at 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Post dropped its only game of the year to Army last weekend.
Admission to all Navy sprint football games is free.
Navy is one of three teams in the conference at 2-0 overall this season, joining both Army and Cornell.
Friday will mark just the second meeting between Navy and Post...the Mids won last year's inaugural meeting, 37-0, in Annapolis.
Navy's special teams units combined for three touchdowns last weekend, including a punt return and a pair of kickoff returns...it is the first time Navy has combined for a total of three punt and kick returns for touchdowns in a season since 1979 when it had one kickoff return and two punt returns for scores.
The Navy defense has produced 10 tackles for loss in each of its first two games...last season the Mids' defense had a total of 54 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Mids' secondary has a total of seven interceptions this season, including four against Princeton last weekend...Navy had a total of just five picks last season, but had 17 in 2010.
Navy held Princeton to -9 yards on the ground last week, which were the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Mids since Oct. 22, 2010 when Navy stuffed the Tigers for a -33 yards.
The Navy offense has scored on 10-of-12 trips inside the red zone this season, producing touchdowns on seven occasions.
Navy ranks fourth in the CSFL in offense with an average of 267 yards per game and also ranks fourth in defense as it has yielded an average of 262 yards per contest.
Junior linebacker Matt Piotrowicz leads Navy in tackles with 14 (6 solo, 8 assists)...Freshman linebacker Temple Sloan leads Navy in tackles for loss with 3.5 for 25 yards.
Junior kicker Adrian Montecinos
has hit all of his kicks so far on the season, including 3-of-3 field goal attempts and all 13 extra-point tries.
Navy (through two games)
Rushing - David Williams (13 carries, 117 yards, 9.0 avg., 2 TDs)
Passing - Lewis Correale (16-of-28, 193 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)
Receiving - Michael Buck (6 catches, 53 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles - Matt Piotrowicz (14 tackles, 6 solo, 8 assists, 2.0 TFL)
Post (through one game)
Rushing - Quinton Bryant (12 carries, 34 yards, 2.8 avg.)
Passing - Dwayne Carter (14-of-27, 192 yards, 3 TDs)
Receiving - Daniel Awwad (4 catches, 81 yards)
Tackles - Kyle Lagasse (13 tackles, 1.0 TFL)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Lake on this week's matchup with Post...
"The team has definitely taken some lessons from the Princeton game and are already working towards becoming a better team. As we focus on Post University this week, I believe that the guys understand that progress has to be constant, and that only happens through hard work. I sense a change in the overall team attitude, where each player understands his role and understands how important his role is in making his teammate better.
"Post University's football team has some athletes, and our game plan definitely encompasses a strategy to stop them from getting in the end zone. They played us tough last year, and we'll keep that in mind as we formulate an offensive plan for Friday's game.
"I tell the guys to start hard, finish hard, and be ready for anything. We want to set the tone early, and leave no doubts in anyone's mind about the capabilities of this Navy sprint football team."
Another Special Teams Player of the Week
After punter Mike DeLong earned the accolade last week, Navy made it two consecutive CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week awards as junior defensive back Brendan West picked up the honor on Wednesday. West had the first of three Navy special teams touchdowns in last weekend's victory over Princeton as he returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. He had a total of two returns for 122 yards in the game.
It marks the second time in West's career that he has been named the CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week. Last season he garnered the honor after 48-yard punt return for a touchdown in a win over Penn.
Scoring in All Different Ways
While the Navy offense has proved potent through two games, it hasn't been the team's only scoring threat as the defense and special teams have combined for six of team's 13 total touchdowns this season. Through two games, Navy has two interception returns, two kickoff returns, one punt return and one fumble return for touchdowns.
Navy will have a bye next weekend and will return to action on Oct. 12 at Cornell